Group Policy is a feature of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems that control the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.

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Cannot remove folder redirection

I enabled folder redirection for a single account to test it out and see how I liked working with it on a day-to-day basis. After some testing, I realized it won't work in my environment and thus ...
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How do I specify advanced power settings for all users using group policy?

I need to set up a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet so that it never throttles the CPU. One solution I found using this guide is to set both minimum and maximum processor state to 100% in both battery and ...
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How do I make Quick Access in Windows 10 update to the Folder Redirections path?

We have a Domain Network configured with Group Policy to enable folder redirection on all client machines for Desktop, Documents etc. This group policy is applied and works perfectly, however, the ...
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Logon and Logoff scripts not running

I have set SQL queries to run on logon and logoff using group policy editor. But sometimes scripts do not run. logon.bat @echo off echo INSERT INTO UPTIME(INTIME) VALUES(NOW()); > abc.sql mysql --...
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Windows automatically installing updates and rebooting despite group policy

I have been trying to find any pertinent articles online regarding this problem, but haven't uncovered much that is helpful. For a couple months now I have been plagued with workstations and ...
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How come UAC logs are not being stored in Event Viewer?

In Event Viewer, under Applications and Services Logs, UAC logs are not being stored. How do I enable them? Could Domain/OU group policy have them disabled? If so where can I see that it is disabled ...
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Enabling welcome screen Windows 7 Embedded

I want the list of available users (without the hidden admin account etc) displayed. To facilitate an easier login experience. Things I have tried: Security policy editor: secpol | Local Policies |...
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Change local time on XP box - local admin but group policy restricts time change

I am a developer in need of doing some temporal unit testing on my local XP box. I am local admin but there is a group policy enforced centrally that prohibits changing local time (a severe case of ...
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Office 2013 First Time Run video plays every time

I have a user running Office 2013 (32-bit) on Windows 7 Professional (SP1). Every time they open an Office application, they get shown the First Run video. Office is fully updated, and I have run a "...
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Logon Script with net use * /delete /yes

I'm trying to get rid of all manually mapped network drives on all workstations in my domain. I want our end-user's mapped drives to be mapped solely via GPO (GPO's are already in place). I'm trying ...
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How to Control Firefox Centrally under Windows?

I wonder whether Firefox can be controlled centrally within a Windows domain without using third party software such as PolicyPak. In particular I want to configure firefox centrally through a group ...
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How to properly set the “Allow Remote Shell Access” setting in Group Policy so as to disable remote shell access?

Windows 7 has a Group Policy setting named Allow Remote Shell Access (located under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Remote Shell). This ...
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The group policy “Disable machine account password changes” - what does this mean?

I am setting up a test environment on Amazon Web Services comprising of 2 web servers, 1 database server and 1 domain controller. All of them are Windows Server 2012 and joined to the domain. ...
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How can I uninstall TeamViewer (multiple versions) from all computers on a domain?

We have switched our remote support software away from TeamViewer. We have around 100 computers (multiple Windows versions) that have TeamViewer (multiple versions) installed that need to be ...
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Network Printers, Group Policy & Normal Users

I have a strange issue and I am wondering if someone can explain the answer to me. My system is running a GPO with a security policy. Within that policy I have the following setting enabled: Devices: ...
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Prevent enforcing password policy on non domain Windows 10 after adding corporate mail account?

The question is mostly in the subject - I have a home Windows 10 pro installation (with the very latest November update as of this post) that's obviously not on my company domain. I want to add my ...
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Run a Logon Script for User Group for Domain Server

I've been searching for an hour and have not had any success so if I overlooked this as a previously answered question please let me know. I am trying to have a logon script that maps drives on all ...
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Modifying default behavior of 'Logoff' Windows 7 Pro

I have an appliance that runs windows 7 pro, and is very locked down as to what a user is able to do. When it is running in the standard case, the only options the user has are logoff, restart, or ...
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Change MSI log location to network share for GPO deployments

TLDR: how do I set the equivalent of the /L*V "C:\package.log" msiexec cmdline option in a transforms file? I have an MSI I want to push to several computers in a domain. I'd like to look at the MSI ...
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Throttling Google Drive with GPO

Is it possible to control the upload rate & download rate of Google Drive via registry or GPO policy? [HKEY_CU\software\google\drive] key, does not contain any values for bandwidth settings.
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Prevent user from installing program in Windows 7

There are 5 Win 7 machines. All the machines have one password protected Administrator account and one Standard user account. These machines are connected to a router. All the machines have been ...
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Server 2008 not showing all the available GPO Policies

I am using server 2008 R2 and when i am trying to use GPO many policies templates are missing, I make sure filter is off. Please assist thanks
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DNS Errors through VPN Connection

I have a DirectAccess server on Windows Server 2012 R2. It is working well for most of my clients. I have one client (Windows 8.1), however, which has an old group policy on it with the wrong IP-HTTPS ...
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Enabling/Disabling Group Policy On-Demand

I am currently working at a school that needs some Group Policy enforcements, which have been set up successfully. However, the teachers want to be able to enable/disable the "Run only specified ...
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Restrict drive access on Windows Server 2003

I have a 2 TB Data drive. How can I deny access to it for specific users in my domain after 4 PM? Is there any group policy that can do this? Best Regards
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How to disable content view in windows explorer

Im trying to find a way to disable content view in windows explorer on windows 7 clients. I found this: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744697%28v=ws.10%29.aspx#...
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Group Policy install software PER USER

Need to deploy an MSI file with Group Policy. No other software deployment options are available, so no SCCM, etc. Here is what I need: 1. Software must be deployed PER USER. 2. Software must auto-...
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Suspicious Group Policy Behaviour

I am running Windows 8.1 x64. I should start by stating that I am not part of a domain and that computer is only used by myself. I have two accounts on the machine. My standard user account which is ...
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Windows Auto-Login not sticking

I have a series of public PCs that are supposed to automatically log in to a specific user. I have set the required registry values (detailed here) via a GPO from the library's main server. This is ...
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No Google folder under Administrative Templates via Group Policy editor - Adding GoogleUpdate.adm does nothing

I'm unable to complete "Step 2" : Step 2. Importing Google Update ADM template. Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates Right-click Administrative ...
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windows 7 - File System missing in Local Group Policy Editor

I'm trying to manage some folder permissions in my computer, I need to use Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/File System, as described here or here, but I can't find File ...
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Windows 7 and GPO - how make this rules?

First, sorry for this inaccurate post title, but I can't think of better. My "great" IT teacher gives me commands to execute (all can affect only one, selected user) Block installing software, ...
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Outlook 2013 keep asking for password

We having problem where outlook is keep asking for password every time you start outlook. Things I tried I have created new outlook profile - still same problem Clear all passwords from password ...
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Local group policy editor: Out of date version?

I've been trying to use gpedit.msc recently but I haven't been having much success. Sometimes the policy editor freezes when I press "apply" (the policy does still apply though), and I can't seem to ...
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Cannot enable Notification Area in Windows 7

In 64-bit Windows 7, I cannot enable the notification area in the taskbar at all. Every time I try to customize the notification and system icon settings, it says "Some settings are managed by your ...
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How to enable program execution blocked by domain group policy

How can i enable program execution from any path in local computer using regedit when it's blocked by domain policy? I managed to remove policy restrictions from registry but this one escaped.
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DisableCAD local security policy on standalone Windows 7 machine reverts to Enable after reboot or logging out

I have been struggling for days trying to resolve this issue. We are required to have our users press ctrl+alt+delete to login to our systems. The local security policy has the "Interactive logon: Do ...
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Applying a local group policy to another user with different username and computer name

A while ago, I setup a dedicated Windows 7 Pro workstation with local group policy applied to a specific guest account. After completion, I made a backup of the applied local group policy setting at %...
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How can I import a security template in Windows 7 using command line?

I would like to remotely deploy some specific change in Security Policies to several computers via remote console (SSH). This is my just exported security template .inf file, extracted according (...
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Microsoft support document with odd instructions: applying local policies to all users except administrators

I'd like to use the group policy editor to apply restrictions to all user accounts except that of the administrator on a Windows XP computer. In Windows Vista and up, this is easy to do as you're ...
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How to automatically download exe files in Internet Explorer 11?

In IE 11 and before downloading files there's the annoying bar (as seen here under Internet Explorer 9 & 10). I've been trying to disable it for a while... I tried enabling in gpedit.msc Turn off ...
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I want to be able to have a daily task run showing the times users log on and off

GOAL: I want to be able to have a daily task run showing the times users log on and off ENVIRONMENT: Windows 2008R2 domain ACTIONS SO FAR: I have enabled Account Auditing via: start -> ...
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Windows 7 Gpupdate failed

I tried to run gpupdate on a local machine but I keep getting the failed error message I have tried following Remove from domain and re-add it again Check the dns setting all correct (Even release ...
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Is auditing possible on Windows XP Home Edition?

Although Windows XP Professional has (a lot more) control over Security issues, Windows XP Home Edition does allow the regular user to probe around and allows to set Security settings on folders and ...
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Can I add ADMX files via symbolic links?

Is it possible to add Group Policy templates (ADMX files) on a local Windows 7 machine by creating a symbolic link (soft link) in the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder that points to an ADMX file ...
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Windows Network Bridge Connections Greyed Out

I can bridge the connection under administrator account. I have disabled the prohibit installation and configuration of Network Bridge on your DNS domain network Group Policy setting. The option to ...
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Restrict admin shares

My users need local admin rights but I'd like to restrict the admin shares (c$) to domain admins only. I was reading about adding nt authority\interactive to the local administrator group, but i don't ...
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Windows 7 Group Policy blocking Adobe Reader

A few weeks ago, my company blocked Adobe Reader due to an unpatched security issue. However, we recently moved one of our computers to a project that didn't require access to the corporate network, ...
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Group Policy no longer applying desktop wallpaper

I used to have my wallpapers updated monthly by Group Policy. Several months ago I was prompted (I think just after logon) to grant GPO (I think) access to a wallpaper setting in the registry. It was ...
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Bat file to change group policy

Based on the answer to this question: Windows XP: is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in the system event log? I want to be able to add it to a batch file, but have no idea how to go ...